CALL FOR PAPERS, RESEARCH, AND PROPOSALS                 

ROUND 1 DUE: August  01, 2022

THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSITY

ROUNDTABLE DESCRIPTION

The US Higher Education establishment is in the throes of a crisis. Basic values are being questioned, and there is no agreement on purpose. Reforms are being attempted to focus on increasing enrollment management and marketing and administrative organization efficiency. The unanswered question is: What is the purpose of college in the knowledge economy? Panelists at this ECCSSA Roundtable will address the incipient academic demands from the following perspectives:

  1. Has the college degree outlived its usefulness?
  2. Has the curriculum lost its relevance?  
  3. What are the external constraints shaping the development of the knowledge economy?
  4. What is the role of faculty in student development?

ECCSSA is calling for papers that address these topics from both research and hands-on perspectives as practitioners. Presentations should be provocative and challenging as topics that will be a vibrant part of the future of academe:

  1. Descriptive:  What is the intrinsic value of a degree, certificate, or credential to the student and society?
  2. Functional:  How do government oversight committees constrain the development of the college culture?
  3. Organization:  Are faculty roles shifting to include increased administrative duties related to enrollment management and marketing?
  4. Environment: How are the new definitions of diversity changing campus governance and culture?

STRUCTURE OF THE ROUNDTABLE

The conference will be headlined by an interview with a distinguished public thinker on the future of higher education. The roundtable will be divided into three sessions in a one-day virtual discussion. Each session will include 2-3 papers of 15-20 minutes with time in the end for Q&A.

REGISTRATION

A $25 registration fee includes membership in ECCSSA, which contains The ECCSSA Chronicle; special access to the forthcoming ECCSSA Colloquium; and eligibility to become associates and board members. Participants can register here.